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States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

U.S. unemployment aid applications fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average rose 4,500 to 352,500. The average has fallen 7 per cent in the past six months.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state data are for the week ending May 25, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest decreases:

Michigan: Down 2,185, no reason given

North Carolina: Down 1,747, due to fewer layoffs in construction

States with the biggest increases:

California: Up 8,622, due to layoffs in the service industry

Missouri: Up 2,999, due to layoffs in hotels and restaurants, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing

Kentucky: Up 1,750, no reason given

Pennsylvania: Up 1,333, due to layoffs in transportation equipment, entertainment and manufacturing

Kansas: Up 1,325, due to layoffs education and transportation

Florida: Up 1,198, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail